The O'Leary Collection—Medals of The Royal Canadian Regiment

The O'Leary Collection
Medals of The Royal Canadian Regiment

As a collector of medals to The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR), my associated research has examined the service of Royal Canadians at home and abroad in times of peace and war. As the collection grew it expanded to include all the branches of the regimental family tree including the amalgamated regiments of the Canadian Militia and the perpetuated units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Through these biographies, I would like to share some of their stories and those of The RCR. — Capt (ret'd) Michael M. O'Leary, CD, The RCR (The Regimental Rogue)

The O'Leary Collection:

479031 Private Geoffrey Austin Allen
Service under an assumed name.
437213 Private John Charles Bailey  poppy icon
Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.
1033138 Private Robert John W. Barker
A man with mysteries in his history.
477040 Sergeant Harry James Barlow, M.M.  MM icon
814431 Private Edward Beaver
An Alderville First Nation soldier of the Great War.
477057 Sergeant Robert Bedell
"…full of spirits—very full…"
407119 Private John Bell  poppy icon
Died of wounds received in action.
823827 Private George Henry Brett
From "London's Own" to the 1st Canadian Infantry Works Battalion
Major Walter "Chester" Butler, V.D.
"Brought to Notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered."
6891 Private Albert Buttery
An old campaigner and an undeserved end.
477136 Private Thomas Byford
477158 Private William Charles Carrothers  poppy icon
Died of wounds, age 25.
3203115 Private Frederick James Clarke
B801204 Cpl Allan James John Clayton
Operational service in North West Europe and in Korea.
    Lieutenant Howard Roger Cluff
"London's Own" to London Lawyer.
3234 Corpl. (A/Sergt.) John William Cockburn
"…a prince of good fellows and … every inch a soldier."
Captain George Ernest Collins
An RCR soldier commissioned from the ranks into the British Army
    401713 Sergeant Frank Russell Cooper, D.C.M.  DCM icon
"For conspicuous gallantry and initiative in command of a section of four machine guns."
SB-64835 Sergeant John Edward Crockford
One of the first regimental parachutists.
477212 Sergeant Albert Cumberland
A-71109 Private Jack Thompson Davis
A Canadian Fusilier and a Royal Canadian.
675618 Private Joel Dawson
From "Oxford's Own" to the 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade.
Colonel George Allison Dodge, V.D.
3rd (Special Service) Battalion Quartermaster, later first Permanent Force Service Corps officer.
477260 Private Willard Dow
"His service record is remarkable for its brevity."
455277 Private David Jahiel (John) Dulmage
Shot wounds and gas in his first war, regular leave and AWL in his second.
401045 Sergeant Robert Duncan  poppy icon
Killed by an aeroplane bomb.
6420 Bugler (Private) William Thomas Durrant
Discharged from the C.E.F., medically unfit, on 18 Jan 1915.
823467 Private Henry William Edwards, M.M.  MM icon
"Awards with Gazette dates this late are usually … Canada's 100 Days."
1033010 Private Philip Aubrey Elston
Court Martialled for a self-inflicted wound.
6452 Private Leslie Eversfield  poppy icon
"…a grandson of the celebrated Irish actor, Dion Bousicoult (sic)…"
477294 Sergeant William John Joseph Fardy
6793 Private John Andrew Fisher  poppy icon
"Killed in Action between 22 Apr 1915 and 30 Apr 1915."
477960 Corporal Charles Fitzwalter  poppy icon
Which Walters' "Fitz"?
158582 Acting Sergeant John Joseph Flanagan, M.M.  MM icon  poppy icon
477313 Acting Sergeant Albert Ernest Foster, M.M.  MM icon
"…in showing admirable coolness set a magnificent example…"
Captain Everest Baldwin Gandier
Wounded at Courcelette, a casualty of his first and only tour in the trenches.
477347 A/L/Corporal Albert Edward Gladwin, M.M.  MM icon
Lt.-Col. Charles Stewart Grafton, V.D.
Author of "The Canadian Emma-Gees"
444833 Private Aurele Guimond  poppy icon
"Died of Wounds received in Action (G.S.W. Mult. Sev.)"
469511 Private William Alexander Gunn  poppy icon
"Left leg amputated in France — Gas Gangrene."
477377 Private Douglas Thomas Hamilton  poppy icon
3180900 Private Walter Littlewood Harnish
An MSA Draftee who arrived in France days before the Armistice.
455751 A./Corporal Warren Merton Hartley
Under-aged soldier in the First War; RCAF radar officer in the Second.
SA-111379 Warrant Officer (Class II) Otto Mark Helesic
"Anywhere including Overseas except most secret assignments."
127075 Acting Corporal George Wesley Himes
"In the post-war years, Himes was a well-known Galt athlete."
Brigadier Vernon "Uncle Bill" Hodson
The only officer of the Regiment to land in England and France on regimental service in both World Wars.
477447 Acting/C.Q.M.S. Richard Rolfe Hutton
A 20-year-old Sergeant at Vimy Ridge.
715141 Private Edward Kay Irving
Wounded in action near Ypres on 16 Nov 1917.
454638 Private William Henry Jackson  poppy icon
Repatriated sick to Canada and died of illness.
A-432 Corporal James Harold "Harry" Jessop  poppy icon
"Killed in Action — While leaving the "jumping off trench"…"
A-57541 Sergeant George Johnson
"Likes his work very much; gets along easily with his men."
477501 Private Henry William Krimmel  poppy icon
A Royal Canadian in the 7th Light Trench Mortar Battery.
Lieut.-Col. Sidney Pilton Layborn
"You appear to be entitled to the best combination of clasps of any member of your Contingents."
478928 Private Arthur Robert Leatherbarrow
"…fit for service, but not "general service."
A3247 Private Elmer James Lee  poppy icon
"…officially reported died of wounds August twenty-seventh [1940]…"
261628 Private Arthur Frederick Littlewood  MM icon
477550 Sergeant Walter Lowe, M.M.  MM icon  poppy icon
9790 / 477583 / 12044 Sergeant James Edward Maule
"He is an excellent musician and thorough disciplinarian and his services are very satisfactory."
440029 Private Douglas McCall  poppy icon
542152 Corporal William Earl McCubbin, M.M.  MM icon
228218 Private David McKay  poppy icon
Killed by enemy artillery whilst in billets.
127719 Sergeant Sylvester McLean
"Another member of the old 22nd Battalion band joined today."
455084 Private William Mercer  poppy icon
Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.
Captain Percy McKinley Millman
"Percy Millman, a prominent insurance man of this city, has been named paymaster."
477609 Private Clifford Moss, M.M.  MM icon  poppy icon
"As a Company Scout he fearlessly went forward time and again…"
6256 Acting Sergeant James Fiddes Murray, D.C.M.  DCM icon
"For conspicuous gallantry…carried messages under heavy shrapnel fire…rescued three men who had been buried…"
Lieutenant Bertram Tschudi Nevitt  poppy icon
"He died as he lived, a soldier and a gentleman, and at the very forefront of battle."
3203064 Private Wilfred Seaforth Nicholas
Nicholas arrived at the Regiment on 13 Nov 1918.
478052 Private Thomas O'Meara
A soldier of the Manchester draft of 1907, and a stowaway in 1915.
455657 Private Ernest William Partridge  poppy icon
"He was wounded in the chest and left arm by bullets … and succumbed one week later at No. 49 C.C.S."
400915 Private Sidney R. Petrie
"…at the age of 25 Petrie became a permanent resident of the Hospital for Insane."
823825 Private Allan Phillips  poppy icon
"Killed by enemy shell bursting on road."
477781 Corporal Arthur Rix, M.M.  MM icon
477783 Private William Henry Roberts  poppy icon
"Died whilst a prisoner of War."
733548 Corporal Maynard Burton Rosencrants
3rd (Special Service) Battalion, The RCR; later CEF (112th Bn); and a family connection to the JFK assassination investigation.
477805 Private Harold George Rumsby
"…diagnosis of neurasthenia…later changed to Delusional Insanity."
477813 Corporal "Charles Edward" Sauvé
"In brushes with lurking enemy parties, L-Cpl C.E. Sauvé…rendered courageous service."
214215 Pte John Leonard Shook
Negligent Discharge, circa 1918.
7985 Sergeant Alfred Percy Simpson
Wounded at the battle of Paardeberg (Cronje's Laager).
401159 / 491355 Private Albert Skelly
A London plumber, wounded at Flers-Courcelette.
477858 Private Joseph Smith
6056 Private David Henry Stayte  poppy icon
"Woodstock Private Killed In Action—Givenchy Survivor Falls"
SP-15250 C.S.M. (W.O. II) Clifford Charles Stewart
9595 / 477887 / 12016 C.Q.M.S. John "Jock" Stirling, M.M.  MM icon
…an example to all the younger members of the Regiment.
817177 Private Wentworth Havelock Tabor
"Wounded in Action" on 20 May 1917.
3186169 Private Thomas Joseph Tangney
"…landed in France on 8 Nov 1918…"
Lieut. Marie Jean Henrie Linière Taschereau
"…in Halifax on the day of the Halifax Explosion…"
477915 Private Albert Morley Thomas  poppy icon
A4279 Private Roland William Thoms  poppy icon
"Pte. Roland Thoms, a first rate young soldier, … was killed."
733146 Private William Tyler
"Transferred to England for discharge as a MINOR."
455304 Private Clayton "Earl" Varcoe
Previously reported missing … now officially Prisoner of War.
12536 Private Gaudias "Jock/Grandpa/Pop" Villeneuve
"Grandpa" Villeneuve had a wonderful meal awaiting us.
477951 Private Frederick George Walker  poppy icon
Wounded in action, 9 Apr 1917. Died of wounds, 18 Apr 1917.
7239 Sergt.-Maj. Instr. (W.O.I) James Duncan Stirling Wallace
"On 1 Jun 1912, he was appointed to the Physical Training Instructional Staff…"
425464 Sergeant Ernest Watson, D.C.M.  DCM icon
"For conspicuous leadership and good work during the operations from 8th to 15th August, 1918."
733119 Private Isaac Zenas Weagle  poppy icon
A long-range shelling casualty.
477974 Sergeant George Webb
A soldier of the Manchester draft of 1907.
823504 Private Frank Webster
"…Webster's first and last tour of the forward trenches."
6978 Private John Henry "Harry" Whitworth
"On furlough to Canada for 12 weeks."
Major Ernest Frederick "Tug" Wilson
"During the present war this officer has rendered exceptionally meritorious service…"
A800005 Lance Corporal William Robert Christopher Windle (MiD)
A Korean War sniper and recipient of Mention in Despatches
478022 Private William Witherow  poppy icon
"Single, had measles, malaria, enteric, and dysentery in India. Uses alcohol and tobacco."

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